Originally Posted by littleb
... We have never been out west and are looking forward to hiking, cycling and relaxing for that month...
So, after spending some time in AZ, you can go through CA, OR, WA, UT, etc... Lots of places to visit in the wild wild west. This map shows what is the US west.
Traveling through the states will dispel some misconceptions that people may have. For example, they may think of AZ as mostly desert, but the state has much high country with evergreen forest. Idaho is called "potato state", but its northern half is the Sawtooth Range (10,750 ft) with beautiful scenery. And Utah has more National Parks than most states.